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#32427 - 12/23/03 12:44 AM On-line Again!!
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
If anyone was wondering where I have been, I have been wallowing in the area of No Computer Access.
My computer was taken out by a 11kV fault down the road, that meant that the Xformer short-circuited and fed 11kV down the LV wires, all of us in the same block here, lost most of our appliances and switch-boards.
I'm still arguing with the Insurance company over a few appliances, but I'm just glad to be back on line.
I lost my power supply, modem, mother-board and monitor.
What really annoys me is the fact that the Surge Diverter I installed a few years ago, only protects against Lightning and didn't trip.
The switchboard melted and I have been rewiring the house after work each day.
I realise that this may be a one-off thing (I'm hoping it is), but there should be a better way of protecting yourself against this sort of thing, don't you think?.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

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#32428 - 12/23/03 03:35 AM Re: On-line Again!!
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
perhaps going off grid?

sorry to hear of your troubles Trumpy, i must say though....
ya can't keep a good poster down around here, do carry on ...


#32429 - 12/23/03 06:56 AM Re: On-line Again!!
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
..Trumpy, when you speak of "switchboards",are you referring to CB panels??? and if so,the breakers actually melted??...
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#32430 - 12/23/03 07:15 AM Re: On-line Again!!
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

Most Happy to see You!

Sorry to hear about your troubles over there. Glad to have you back.


#32431 - 12/23/03 08:07 AM Re: On-line Again!!
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Glad to have you back Trumpy -- We were wondering where you'd been!

#32432 - 12/23/03 09:05 AM Re: On-line Again!!
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Took ya long enough

What, don't you have a spare xformer in the shed out back? You could've loaned it to 'em for a few days...

#32433 - 12/23/03 09:40 AM Re: On-line Again!!
:andy: Offline

Registered: 10/18/03
Posts: 272
Loc: Germany
Whow, sounds dangerous...
dod you take any pictures? Id be interested to see what stuff (panel ect) looks like after an 11kV strike.

#32434 - 12/23/03 01:34 PM Re: On-line Again!!
Mean Gene Offline

Registered: 10/20/03
Posts: 137
Loc: Ohio, USA
Yea, Andy beat me to it. I was going to say if you took any pictures we would be glad to see them.

#32435 - 12/24/03 04:58 AM Re: On-line Again!!
circuit man Offline

Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
hi trumpy , glad to see ya back. sorry to hear about your trouble.can't the power company be held responsible for the damages?over here we hold them responsible. we had a brown out one up cut the liights on looked like candles burning, grabed my meter to check the voltage & it was 61 volts instead of 123.a friend at works central air unit was burnt out by this. the power company paid for a new compressor & a few other things in his house. this lasted for about an hour. come to find out thata switch yard that feeds the substations had a bad transformer.

#32436 - 12/24/03 07:48 AM Re: On-line Again!!
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
It looks as though we might be suffering some brown-outs in my area later tonight, as the voltage has been sagging a little since about 3 p.m.

Nothing too bad yet, but my line voltage has been sitting around 220V for the last half hour, and has now dropped to 217V.

OK, confess now! How many of you do exactly what I did and run for your meter when the lights start dimming and flickering a little?

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